Real Housewives’ 11 Longest-Running Cast Members
Bravo’s reality series known as the Real Housewives has gained a lot of popularity since the first show aired back in 2006. The series has become so popular it’s turned into a full blown franchise with multiple different shows across the United States and even a few internationally! It seems the bigger the show gets, the more frequently viewers see cast members come and go. There are many reasons these ladies get fired or, in some rare cases, leave on their own terms. Mainly, it comes down to whether they have interesting storylines, can provide entertaining drama, and socialize with their cast members. Despite the revolving door of women on all the shows, there’s a handful of Housewives who’ve stuck it out season after season and in many cases secured a permanent position on the show. Take a look at the 11 longest running cast members on the Real Housewives!
11. NeNe Leakes, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
NeNe Leakes is one of the more popular Housewives in the Real Housewives franchise. She has taken her Real Housewives fame and made herself into a celebrity! She joined the RHOA in 2008 for their first season and, despite continuously threatening to leave the show, she ended up lasting as a main cast member until season 7. She returned as a guest in season 8. During her time as a Housewife she got her own spin-off called I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding which followed her journey to the alter with Gregg Leakes for the second time. It was a special edition show that only lasted for seven episodes. Season 9 is officially on air and will be the first season of RHOA without veteran Housewife, NeNe Leakes! We must admit she had a good run with the series.
10. Luann de Lesseps, The Real Housewives of New York City
This New York City Housewife has been around since the show started in 2008. At the time she was known as ‘the Countess’ because she was married to Alexandre de Lesseps, but her life has changed a lot since then! Viewers got to know her quite well for five years as a main cast member from season 1 to 5, but in season 6 she was demoted into the role of an on-screen as a ‘friend.’ She just recently returned as a main cast member for 7 and 8. Filming for season 9 began in October 2016 and, according to online reports, Luann de Lesseps is once again part of the cast!